Artist Opportunities

Listings are obtained from a variety of resources and their inclusion does not imply an endorsement from the Kentucky Arts Council. Before making a submission, please verify deadlines and requirements with the listing organization.

Arts Jobs

Cultural Programs Events Specialist

South Florida State College

South Florida State College is hiring a fulltime cultural events specialist at the 1460 seat Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts. Looking for someone who is creative with a good sense of humor that understands social media. Must be able to design graphics, create social content and social promotions and assist with events. Excellent benefits. Full-time, year-round position.

Avon Park, FL


Full time & Contract openings

South Arts

Our team is passionate about elevating art in the South. We take pride in our work to encourage budding artists and connect audiences. Openings include Assistant Vice President of Programs; Director, Arts Partnerships; Contract Fieldworker (Appalachian Region, Traditional Arts); Contract Fieldworker & Researcher (Delta Regional Authority Region, Traditional Arts).

Atlanta, GA


Job Opening: Managing Director of External Affairs

Artist Communities Alliance

The Managing Director of External Affairs will provide strong leadership, programs operations management, and management for the programs team, individually and collectively. The Managing Director of External Affairs will initially manage a team of coordinators and managers. They will develop a plan to grow their 3 person team by 2-3 positions within 2023, as needed to help meet ACA's strategic plan.

Providence, RI



Artist Communities Alliance (ACA)'s job board

Artist Communities Alliance

Artist Communities Alliance (ACA)'s job board provides listings of internships, contract positions, and full or part-time employment within several arts-related industries. We list job opportunities relevant to artists, arts workers and creatives of all education and experience levels.



New Opportunities

Creative Writing Fellowships

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.



Poetry Bootcamp

Aperture Creative Space

GROW AS A POET. CONNECT WITH PEERS. FIND YOUR PATH TO PUBLICATION. A weekend poetry workshop focused on developing your unique voice. Limited to 4 participants. We'll read and discuss the work of poets such as Frank O'Hara, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Sharon Olds, as well as workshop each other's poems. We believe in community, in-depth feedback, and finding a readership beyond the workshop.

Louisville, KY




Open calls for writers and artists closing in March

Sunspot Literary Journal

Sunspot Lit's calls for longform, standard length, and flash fiction, CNF, graphic novels and poetry are closing in March.

Hillsborough, NC




Fiction Weekend

Aperture Creative Space

A creative home where writers develop their craft in the spirit of learning, discovery, and fellowship. Find your voice. Share your work. This group will learn what makes good fiction and within that context explore and workshop each other's fiction. We'll discuss writers such as Langston Hughes, Breece D'J Pancake, and Stephen King. Each participant will receive a study guide to take home.

Louisville, KY




Poetry Chapbook Contest

The Heartland Review Press

THRP seeks original unpublished poetry chapbooks of no more than 30 pages. Winners will receive $500 plus 10 copies. Please review our submission and formatting guidelines on our website.

Elizabethtown, KY




Open Call for Submissions for Poetry, Fiction & Creative Nonfiction

The Heartland Review Press

THRP seeks poetry, fiction and nonfiction for our Open Call. Fiction and nonfiction should be 5000 words or less. Poets can submit up to 3 poems. Writers should only submit to one genre. Selected writers will be published in the Fall '23 edition of our journal, which is published as a hard copy and available on Amazon. Please see our website for formatting and submission guidelines.

Elizabethtown, KY

No cost



Writers Groups

The Bard's Corner Writer's Group

Hardin County Public Library

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Established in September 2002, this is a free and open group for writers of all levels and genres.

Elizabethtown, KY

Grant Co. Writers Group

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Grant Co. Public Library, Williamstown.

Williamstown, Ky.


The Capital City Writers Roundtable meets monthly in Frankfort, Ky.

Elizabethtown, KY


The Poezia Poetry Group meets every first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Common Grounds.

Lexington, Ky.


PenHouse Retreat Center is now open—a place for rest and creativity. PenHouse is a spacious two-story 120-year-old country home located in a horseshoe bend of the Elkhorn Creek in northern Franklin County. PenHouse is the perfect place to write, to host book parties and readings, to offer workshops or attend them.

Franklin County, KY


The InKY Reading Series is a monthly music and literature event held on the second Friday of the month at The Bard's Town in Louisville, Ky. This event is always free.

Louisville, KY

Ongoing Opportunities


The Carnegie Center offers a variety of classes and seminars.

Lexington, Ky.


Ky Story

The PEN American Center offers a variety of emergency assistance, including grants, for professional writers.


Fine Arts Work Center

Building on the Fine Arts Work Center's tradition of creative excellence and community, 24PearlStreet offers an engaging online learning experience led by nationally recognized poets and writers.


New Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

This Moment in America

Swamp Witch Studio

Audio Submissions Request, from everyday sounds to personal reflections, we are seeking a variety of submission types

Louisville, KY


This Moment in America

Swamp Witch Studio

Audio Submissions Request, from everyday sounds to personal reflections, we are seeking a variety of submission types.

Louisville, KY


TFI: Filmmaker Programs

Tribeca Film Institute

We provided funding, mentorship, and networking opportunities for entry- to mid-level filmmakers.


New Opportunities

Geminga: $500 for Fiction, CNF, Poetry, Graphic Novel or Art ends soon

Sunspot Literary Journal

Sunspot Lit's Geminga contest honors the power of the small.





"Spring" International Open Call to Artists and Writers


The current issue theme is spring. The seasons pull us from one state to another, perhaps from frozen, hibernating and quiet to thawed, reborn, and growing. Sometimes our spring lets us embrace something new, fall into first love, or see fresh horizons. Spring brings birds, butterflies, frogs, nests, tulips and fragrant blossoms. Express your spring with words or imagery.




Ongoing Opportunities

Appalshop Flood Relief Grants


For Kentucky artists financially impacted by July's historic flooding in EKY, Appalshop and Educational Foundation of America are providing direct relief to artists of all mediums and levels. The first eighty qualifying applications will receive a no-strings-attached check for $500.


Chulitna Lodge Creative Residency Program Fellowships


Chulitna Lodge Wilderness Retreat seeks to provide the time, space, clarity, and facilities for all forms of creative professionals or researchers to make and meditate. From visual artists, to writers, to scientific researchers, music, dance, and more, we encourage the gamut from seasoned professionals to enthusiastic hobbyists, to apply for our various programs.


Arts Residency Programs Profiles

Artist Communities Alliance

Artist residencies provide artists, scholars, educators and other creative professionals the time, space and resources to work, individually or collectively, on the research and development of their practice. Artists can use the Directory for as broad or as narrow a search as they wish.


Be An Artist-In-Residence

National Parks Service

The National Parks Service offers programs for visual artists, writers, musicians and other creative media. Programs vary, but residencies are typically two to four weeks in length and most include lodging. Often artists are invited to participate in park programs by sharing their art with the public.

Kentucky Peer Advisory Network (KPAN)

Kentucky Arts Council

Arts professionals on the KPAN roster are available to provide three- to six- hour consultancies to assist eligible organizations and individual artists with board development, grant writing, marketing and promotions, strategic planning, festival planning and other activities. Consultancy fees are paid by the Kentucky Arts Council.


New Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Emergency Financial Assistance

Entertainment Community Fund

Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay their immediate basic living expenses (housing, food, utility bills or health care).


Visual & Craft

New Opportunities

Your Wildest Dreams

Vestige Concept Gallery

Exploring the frontiers of reality, fantasy, and perception, Your Wildest Dreams seeks to showcase the surreal, the bizarrely-imaginative, and the vibrant worlds in which the artist resides (or creates...) Spatial, visionary, trippy, sexual, limitless, and free, take a ride down the rabbit hole into the depths of the subconscious- brought to life in this brand new Spring showcase from VCG!

Pittsburgh, PA



Call for Exhibition Proposals for 2024

Lexington Art League

The Lexington Art League is now accepting exhibition proposals from artists and curators for the 2024 exhibition year.

Lexington, KY



Artist in Residence

Gateway Regional Arts Center

This Artist in Residency program is a short-term two-month residency for a solo artist to create murals in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. This residency includes an honorarium of $3000 stipend, a $1000 stipend for materials, free housing, and 24/7 studio access. Acceptance based on artists' portfolios, relevant work experience, career goals, and dedication to cultivating creativity in our community.

Mt Sterling, KY




SKY: An International Call for Works of Art About the Sky

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit works about the sky, the things that travel through it, the phenomena in it, and how we try touch it. Open to all traditional and non-traditional genre and media.


$40 for up to FOUR entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry.

April 1, 2023


down low: An International Call for Works of Art Experienced Below Eye Level

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit works that engage with the floor, the wall below 60", or anywhere in the space below our eye level. Open to all traditional and non-traditional genre and media.


$40 for up to FOUR entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry.

April 2, 2023


UP HIGH: An International Call for Works of Art Experienced Above Eye Level

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit works engaging with the ceiling, the wall above our heads, or anywhere above the gallery-standard 60" eye level. Open to all traditional and non-traditional genre and media.


$40 for up to FOUR entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry.

April 2, 2023


3rd Annual New Appalachia Exhibition w/ Guest Curator

Vestige Concept Gallery

The 3rd Annual New Appalachia Exhibition seeks to capture the modern, contemporary, and innovative artistic experiences surrounding the Appalachia region. This year, the show will be curated by Jeffrey Smith, a benefactor of the arts in the Pittsburgh region for over 20 years. The New Appalachia exhibit is VCG's annual spring contemporary showcase, bringing to life latest and fresh perspectives...

Pittsburgh, PA




CALL TO ARTISTS - 2023 Arts on the Green Juried Fine Arts & Crafts Festival

Arts Association of Oldham County

Artists sought for the 2023 Arts on the Green Juried Fine Arts & Craft Festival to be held June 10 & 11 at The Maples Park in Crestwood, KY. Now in its 23rd year, this event features 100+ artists, food trucks, entertainment, shuttle busses, FREE admission/parking. Located between Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati. Cash awards/ribbons. Apply through ZAPPLICATION.org.

Crestwood, KY

Jury $25/Booth $230/Electric $25



nice; 01 - Call for Art

MidwestNice Art

nice; 01 will be our first iteration of a national juried annual physical exhibition, hosted at Northern State University’s JFAC Gallery. This is open to any mediums and artists living in the United States over age 18.

Aberdeen, SD




USA Miniprints for Peace and Justice


Call to artists and application for the yearly SOS ART challenge and exhibit: USA Miniprints for Peace and Justice 2023 by North American Artists.

Cincinnati, OH



Ongoing Opportunities

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medic


American Craft Made Online Artists Directory

American Craft Council

Apply now to join the American Craft Made Online Artists Directory! Join our community and we'll help you share your story and sell your work to our focused audience of craft enthusiasts. Applications are always open and will be reviewed on a scheduled basis. The current application cycle closes December 31.

Pittsburgh, PA

$10 application fee / $350 annual listing fee if accepted


Call For Artists

B3 Gallery

Nashville, IN

Artist Residency Greek Island

The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts

Greek Island of Skopelos


Local Language

Oakland, CA


Looking for KENTUCKY based artists to show work at the Pendelton Arts Center

Ashland, KY

Call to artists and designers | Design Challenge



Yeiser Art Center

Paducah, KY

Looking to sell your work? The Yeiser Art Center is seeking consignment artwork to sell in the Gallery Store. All original art and craft media will be considered and selection will be based upon quality and marketability. Those interested in submitting work should send five to ten samples of their work, price list, contact information, a short biography and consideration about how the work should be displayed.